Scamozzi leads Raiders to win with game-high haul

Albany Advertiser - - BASKETBALL - Cameron New­bold

For the sec­ond time this sea­son, Raiders un­der-18 de­vel­op­ment squad have de­feated Flames, with the en­er­getic young side draw­ing away in the sec­ond half to notch a three-point win in round 4 of the Al­bany Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion women’s A-grade com­pe­ti­tion on Tues­day night.

After down­ing Flames 45-31 in their sea­son opener last month, the David Arthur-drilled young­sters ha­rassed and pres­sured their op­po­nents from the out­set.

Level at half-time, the two sides traded bas­kets early in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore guard Ella Scamozzi took con­trol for Raiders.

Scamozzi banged in 12 sec­ond­half points to firstly open up an ad­van­tage for her side and, when Flames got back on level terms, she helped them skip clear once again.

Juli­ette Storm pro­vided as­sis­tance with six points in the sec­ond half while Kayla Thomas (11 points) helped cause turnovers and Marissa Van­demescht grabbed vi­tal re­bounds in the 44-41 tri­umph.

How­ever, the pres­ence of Sca- mozzi was not to be for­got­ten, the silky smooth guard help­ing her­self to a game-high 15 points as she guided her side to a sec­ond win.

Flames chal­lenged the Raiders mid­way through the sec­ond half as they fought back from 13 points down to draw level near­ing the fi­nal five min­utes.

Much of that was cour­tesy of Brid­gette Latham, who dragged her side back into the game with an im­pres­sive of­fen­sive dis­play that yielded 13 points, in­clud­ing 11 in the sec­ond half.

Cen­tre Chelsea Grove chipped in with 10 points while star Zan­dalee Arthur got into foul trou­ble and was quiet with only four points.

A fine per­for­mance from twins Nar­dia and Narelle Humphries lifted last sea­son’s grand fi­nal­ists Mag­pies to their sec­ond win of the sea­son in the other clash.

Nar­dia Humphries fin­ished with 14 points and Narelle Humphries added 12 as Mag­pies pre­vailed 4539 over Pan­thers, to claim top spot on the lad­der. Fel­low big Nina Smith was busy for Pan­thers with 13 points and Scamozzi, in her sec­ond match of the night, fin­ished with nine points.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Benson

Raiders' Ella Scamozzi car­ries the ball.

Flames' Chelsea Grove takes pos­ses­sion ahead of Raiders' Jas­myne Jones.

Raiders' Kayla Thomas.

Flames' Brid­gette Latham shoots.

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